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It’s no secret that the HVAC industry – like many trades – is facing a deficit of skilled workers. The field requires a wealth of knowledge of all things HVAC and proper training can be difficult and costly to find. That’s why Shurtape, a Hickory, North Carolina-based manufacturer and marketer of pressure-sensitive tapes, introduced its Mission: HVAC, Educating for Success program in 2015 with the goal of arming students with the money and hands-on experience they need to succeed in the HVAC field.
Now celebrating its fifth year, Shurtape is proud to introduce this year’s three Mission: HVAC students:
As in past program years, these three students will be given 10 HVAC-themed missions over the next few months. These missions will get them networking with pros in the field, putting their classroom learnings to the test, and more. They’ll be rewarded for completion of all these challenges with $5,000 each to put toward the cost of their education.
Additionally, in celebration of the fifth year of Mission: HVAC, Shurtape has expanded the program to include an HVAC educator, bringing a new point of view to the program. Like the students, this instructor will be given a series of missions to complete, providing insight into the field from the educational side of the business. The reward for completion of the assigned missions? $5,000 cash to put toward tools, training and technology for HVAC training.
Meet the educator:
“We started Mission: HVAC to help bridge the skilled trades gap and combat some of the stereotypes of working in the HVAC field, proving that it takes hard work, dedication, and education to make it in the industry,” said Lisa Zierfuss, product manager for HVAC and building & construction tapes at Shurtape. “The addition of the educational side further enhances the program, providing a completely new perspective from those on the front line who are responsible for training the next generation of HVAC pros. We are excited to see this program enter its fifth year and can’t wait to see how our Mission: HVAC participants tackle the challenges ahead.”